Lake levels to rise beginning Sunday
by ELSIE HODNETT
Mar 31, 2012 | 3856 views |  0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
LOGAN MARTIN LAKE – The lake will begin to come up to summer pool Sunday.

“We are following the regular filling schedule for Logan Martin Lake,” said Alyson Fuqua, spokeswoman for Alabama Power Company.

Logan Martin Lake has a winter pool level of 460 feet.

“We expect to be at summer pool, 465 feet, around the first week in May,” Fuqua said. “Huge weather swings with rain or drought could impact this schedule.”

Although some lake business has picked up already, area businesses anticipate a larger crowd as the lake level rises.

“Business picked up about two weeks ago,” said Stephanie Williams, cashier at Lakeside Landing Chevron. “Due to the early spring, people came out even though the lake level is not up.”

Williams said everyone is asking when the water is going to come up.

“I think we will be even busier with the lake level up,” she said.

Local residents are also eagerly anticipating a full lake.

Malinda Praytor, of Pell City, said she is excited about the lake level coming up.

“I can bring the WaveRunner and the boat back,” she said. “I can’t dock them right now because there is no water at the piers. I have them in storage.”

Praytor said the higher lake level during the summer makes a big difference.

“I wish it were higher year-round,” she said. “Although I have a good view of the water, the higher lake level makes the lake look more refreshing. I love it here—it’s so pretty.”

Joann Dunn, a full-time RVer based out of the Pell City area, agreed the lake looks much better when the water is up.

“We fish occasionally, and it’s better when the water is up,” she said. “We had a friend out last week and he couldn’t fish from the pier because it was too shallow. The lake looks kind of sad and barren when the water is down.”

Holland Powell, who lives in the Mays Bend community in Pell City, said local residents don’t get full enjoyment of the lake until summer pool.

“What we would like to see is Logan Martin Lake get the same treatment Lake Martin gets,” he said. “They raised the winter pool by half the difference of the winter and summer pool levels.”

Powell said he would like to see Logan Martin Lake’s winter pool level raised to 462.5 feet, half the difference between current winter and summer pool levels.

“If they did that, we could use our slough year-round,” he said. “Right now, you can walk across it if you don’t mind wading through about a foot of water.”

Contact Elsie Hodnett at ehodnett@dailyhome.com.